RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio de Janeiro police have swarmed two slums scanning for suspects in the alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old Brazilian girl who said more than 30 men assaulted her in a case that shocked the nation set to host the Olympics.
More than 70 officers used helicopters, armored vehicles and dogs to enter the slums, but there was no word if any suspects had been captured in the operation.
In the five days since a video of the rape was posted by an alleged perpetrator on Twitter and set off a wave of outrage, police have brought in five persons for questioning, but have made no arrests.
Police said there are all the indications that the gang rape occurred on May 21, but they could not yet confirm how many took part.
Over the weekend, women and men marched in several cities to demand justice and decry sexism in Brazilian culture.
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in downtown Rio on Friday night waving signs saying “Machismo kills” and “No means no”.
In Sao Paulo, protesters erected a mural with messages including “My body is not yours” and “I like to wear necklines, that’s not an invitation to rape me”.
A Supreme Court judge lashed out at a pervasive macho culture that permits such barbaric acts.
“Each and every woman is a victim,” Justice Carmen Lucia said in a written statement.
“Our bodies are tormented, our souls are trashed. That is what these criminals think and do, and they must quickly be held accountable.”
The reported rape came to light in a video of the nude, semi-conscious youth, with a few men brazenly insulting the girl, showing their faces, and one man heard saying, “more than 30 impregnated her!”
The Twitter account where the video was posted has since been suspended.
In an interview with Rio’s O Globo newspaper, the victim said she wanted to see justice done so no other person would have to go through a brutal assault she said she suffered.
Bir Hospital to get new surgery building
KATHMANDU— The oldest hospital of the country, Bir Hospital, is in the process of getting a separate well-equipped building for surgery within the next two years.
The proposed nine-storey building will have 15 operation theaters.
The new building will have a post-operative ward; a 40-bed surgical ward; an Intensive Care Union (ICU); and a library as well. The new infrastructure will also have the facilities friendly to the senior citizens, disabled and the visitors, the National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS) says.
It is estimated to cost Rs 3.85 billion to complete the construction in two years. It is being constructed in an area of the old building of the NAMS nursing college which collapsed in the 2015 April earthquake. The building construction was inaugurated by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on March 9.
The hospital that had started its services in 1947 BS with 15 beds has now 450 beds. The NAMS operates Nursing, MBBS, MD classes and training as well.
The post of NAMS Chancellor has been lying vacant since the past five months. As shared by an employee, the delay in appointing the chancellor has caused inconveniences to the operation of hospital regular activities.
Secretary at the Ministry of Health and Population, Dr Sushilnath Pyakurel, said the recommendations have been already made before the minister to make appointments in the posts lying vacant in various health academies.
Similarly, infrastructures are being developed to upgrade the hospital by adding extra services including a helipad service for the first time from the government level.
The hospital has started its service from its branch at Duwakot of Bhaktapur from October 10 as part of its service expansion in line with the policy of the Ministry of Health.
The Duwakot branch provides OPD and surgery at present. OPD service starts from 9 am to 5 pm. The NAMS has permitted the construction of well equipped physical infrastructure for the hospital branch to provide international standard service, said the Hospital’s Director Prof Dr Bhupendra Basnet.
The Ministry of Health has allocated Rs 300 million as per the master plan of the NAMS and provided approximately 570 ropanis of land for the construction of physical infrastructures for the hospital branch.
“Necessary human resources including a medical officer, nurses and assistant health workers have been managed for the hospital branch. Medical equipment and other workforce that includes specialist doctors will also be managed as per need,” said Basnet.Follow @gorkhapost